This whole thing is getting completely out of hand.
Both sides have given decent enough arguments as to why they feel the way they do, so there is absolutely no reason for it to devolve into this petty *****fighting. Period. This is not Bulbagarden where every single member has to fall in line with the same train of thought; we're actually capable of acting somewhat like adults instead of cranky hipster children who want to live in 1998, so show it. Seriously, go open the Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 2 thread on there and watch as Dogasu bullies people because they disagree with him about Team Rocket. We're better as a whole than that, so show it.
Personally though, AgentPierce, even though I don't totally agree with how you're delivering your arguments, I agree with your actual point. I concur that this is born of a hysterical hatred some people have for Team Rocket coupled with a desire to go back to how they were before, completely not realizing that Team Rocket's actions before are the reason why they hate then in the first place; there's evidence of that in this very thread. You can also look at the aforementioned Iron Island arc as well as the episode where Saturn and Charon excavate Mt. Coronet as examples of similar Team Galactic episodes that got excellent reception. That's to say nothing of Pokémon Hunter J, whose appearance in the dull Shieldon episode set up a subplot that was never revisited and was shoehorned redundantly into the Riolu special even though it already had antagonists.
All projects cancelled. Goodbye.