Your not going to find to many garden tractors with 24" rims. Carlisle is a good tire and so is Goodyear.
That's kind of like a Chevy man saying he hates Fords or that all Dodges are junk.
Emotion shouldn't really play a part in your purchase decision.
The tires he's talking about are 26" tall overall on 12" rims, not on 26" rims. But I agree with the rest of your post, Carlisle tires are as good as any brand made. As far as I know, they are still American made.