I disagree that any horse "loves" any bit. You wouldn't "love" a metal bar stuck in your mouth. Tolerate it well, maybe.
I hate this argument. It doesn't prove anything. If you want to pull that card, then quit saddling and riding your horses as well.
Use a bit if you need one but you SHOULD have your horse responsive enough to ride without it is the main point here.
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You SHOULD be able to have your horse responsive enough to ride WITH a bit. That is the point a lot of people are making here.
But I have always wondered..who's idea, in the beginning stages of man riding horses, decided, "AH HA! We put rock in horse mouth. Rock make horse whoa whoa."
"Rock make horse whoa whoa." I laughed pretty hard at that.
They actually used rings through the horse's nose as control, and later moved into the horse's mouth. It isn't a crazy concept - If you have control of the horse's head, you have control of its body (usually, lol). When horse's were used for battle and work, you needed to have precise control. So the riders had direct control of the horse's sensitive mouth.
Now, here's my opinion on all this hullabaloo...
A lot of times the horse's behavior has absolutely nothing to do with what's attached to its face. A horse has a lot more leverage against you if you are riding in a halter. If a horse decides to put its head down and really use brute force against you, it has the leverage of its entire head and neck instead of its jaw. So you can train your horse to 'respond to a halter' all you like but in the case of a buck or god forbid a rear (where attempting to pull the horse's head to the side to prevent it from flipping will only result in the horse feeling pressure on its nose ... which means backwards you go) you have to consider that the horse might try to use its strength against you and you want to have the upper hand when it comes to that.
When I use a bit, I ride in my frenchie snaffle and I just bought a rubber mullen mouth snaffle. These bits are extremely mild and to top it off I have soft hands.
If you want to use the argument that we are selfish for using bits if the horses don't "need them", then let me just say YOU are selfish for using a rope halter just because you don't want to train your horse to ride bridleless. Think about it. You think that riding in a halter is some how kinder to the horse because it doesn't go into its mouth. Well.. what's even kinder than that? Not having anything on its face at all causing pressure and making it uncomfortable. If you work with your horse enough it SHOULD be able to respond to only seat, leg, and vocal cues. Isn't that the argument you are making? That the only reason people use bits is because they have not trained their horse to be ridden bitless?
If you want to argue that your horse responds to seat, leg, and vocal cues anyway, you just have a halter "just in case" or something, then what's the difference between that and a bit, honestly? If it's not being used except in an emergency, there will be uncomfortable pressure for the horse regardless of whether it's on the horse's nose or in its mouth. They are two completely different types of pressure but that's all they are: PRESSURE. A bit will not hurt a horse unless you are outright abusive with it, and the same can be said about your miracle rope halter. There are lots of sensitive tissues on the horse's face that can easily be damaged if someone rides them in a halter with a heavy hand - especially a thin rope halter with knots.
I think you've been watching too many Youtube horse trainers that try to drill into your head rope halters are kind and bits are not. They like to post videos of people using bits horridly wrong and pass it off as a general thing. Judging by your signature "It's NEVER the horse's fault" I have a feeling I know which trainer that is. If you want to ride in a rope halter and ignore the fact that not having something in its mouth does NOT equal a pain-free and stress-free horse, go ahead. But don't come here trying to say that people who use bits properly are still doing wrong by their horse.
I make my own rope tack and made this makeshift bosal (same exact pressure as a rope halter, just attached to a bridle) for my horse:
I also ride him in a halter:
Oh, I have also had this horse for less than two weeks and I did not have to do any "special" training with him to get him riding bitless. If your horse leads fine and respectfully, then it will ride in a halter most likely. Riding in a bit is a whole different type of pressure that has to be trained. Halter pressure is something the horse should have known most of its life.
I understand that rope halters slide and cause inconsistent pressure which does not allow me to train certain things properly. They are very confusing if you want to accomplish certain things. I also use a gentle snaffle on him when we're working on something new.
Bits have their places. The people that talk them down are people who were never properly trained to use them or people that have low aspirations of things to accomplish with their horse.
So, to your first question, "Why bother using a bit": Precision and communication.