My interest in figuring out if BNTs are at the forefront of drugging nevertheless as a compelling reason behind it. If the backyarder with the rank horse uses drugs, no one has to care. After all, who aspires to that lackluster performance? When a BNT does it to push an already superb horse into the stratosphere of the jumping Western Pleasure horse, a whole lot more of us have to meet that bar or lose.
So the "Don't tar all BNT's with the same brush because of course it varies among individuals" is a true and fair-minded statement. But it's not helpful.
ETA: And another thing!
If the (guilty) BNTs didn't have the best success at keeping clients in the dark about what their horses are getting... if the BNTs didn't enjoy such heavy representation in the USEF's committees and, frankly, it's collective eye.... they wouldn't leave the impression that there are two sets of rules--- one for the elite and one for everyone else.
IMO, the BNTs have something to do with the impression of the USEF being an old boys' club.