Dan I'm afraid you are just being negative. The Ki wars was just more of the same old negative trying to prove something.
I have seen the result of internals which were deplorable so what? Using such statements in the way they are used here on the web is deplorable and worthless. I have met many who practiced Ki for years who were 'deplorable' so what? It's not something to use to prove some point. You get it in all walks of life and in fact the deplorable managers and politicians and bankers etc. even get promoted so what's new?
To promote self by denegrating others is deplorable.
What you describe as people using Ki nowadays in your own colourful way is something which has been normal in my world for years so nothing new there.
If you are 'converting' formerly negative people to a more positive understanding then good for you.
He who understands martial arts knows it has many levels and is beneficial at all those levels.
He who knows Ki testing knows it is beneficial at all levels too.
Only in Budo can you suck at teaching and get away with it. If you claim to teach swimming...and your students drown in a pool...you suck at teaching.
Internals and aiki are a great model. A singularly great model. Demmonstrably great model.
We need to step up and admit...we suck...so we can fix it, and not claim the model is flawed.
Mary brought up testing. Fine by me.
We can be tested for martial ability
We can be tested for ki/aiki under pressure
The real problem is that people.... can.....be tested. and THAT is what is pissing people off. They fail over and over, time and time again and they are mad to be thirty years in and it is obvious.
As one ICMA grandmaster said:
"You cannot pretent dantian, you will be found out!"
The "real true martial artist"
you mentioned? They don't mind failing, they see it as an opportuniy for growth!