From your boeing quote above.From Boeing: "Flight Control Computers and Stability Augmentation
The trend in the design of modern airplanes is to have less static longitudinal stability--frequently referred to as relaxed static stability (RSS)--to capture the benefit of improved fuel efficiency. Simply stated, some airplanes are now designed to be aerodynamically efficient, and stability is augmented electronically so that stick force gradients will meet certification requirements. Many methods exist for augmenting stability. For example, the Boeing 777 and MD-11 use flight control computers that adjust the elevator actuator positions to give the appearance of more longitudinal stability than the airplane actually has. In other words, computers absorb the extra workload caused by flying with RSS. -https://www.boeing.com/commercial/aeromagazine/aero_02/textonly/fo01txt.html
One of the main functions of MCAS was to make the plane "simpler to fly". To make it simpler to certify and get up in the air. It's pretty evident increased RSS and automation add incredible complexity and new failure modes in their effort to keep things simple for the pilot.
Simply stated, some airplanes are now designed to be aerodynamically efficient, and stability is augmented electronically so that stick force gradients will meet certification requirements.
In this specific case I don't think that the 737 max was out of line from those requirements. But I know it was out of line from the previous model. Again, mcas was used to make it fly similar to the previous model pilots are already certified to fly.
I would be VERY surprised to hear/read that without mcas, on take off the "yoke resistance" is way off from "normal" / expectation. Though if the pilot flew it the same as the previous model the pitch up would be "too high". Not even remotely necessarily that pilots WOULD pitch up too much. But that is clearly different flight characteristics; which would require a new type certificate.
completely agree with your last statement. We do see the issue the same from that perspective.