Every major classification in music literature (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionism, Expressionism, Atonalism, Neo-Classical, etc.) started out as a pejorative and turned into the accepted definitive term to describe the genre. "Ameritrash" has become exactly that. You don't need to be politically correct about it when the AT fans embrace the term themselves.
I like games that tell compelling stories, and that tell stories in both senses. It’s probably why I like to design games in which players cannot hide themselves behind the rules, behind the cards, behind their pawns—games that are actually played with and against the other players and not with and against cardboard components.