A “Deplorable” Goes Public

Ronald E. Yates is an author of award-winning historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy.

(Note: This is a substantially revised and highly personalized version of an email I recently received from a like-minded American Deplorable. I hope you will find it thought-provoking).

I used to think I was just a regular guy, but . . .

  • I was born a white male, which means, whether I like it or not, I am guilty of being a racist and sexist.
  • I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which by today’s socialist standards, makes me a fascist.
  • I am heterosexual, which according to some people makes me a homophobe.
  • I am a Christian, which now makes me an impenitent and prejudiced infidel.
  • I support the 2nd Amendment, which makes me a member of the vast right-wing gun lobby.


  • I can no longer trust the biased reporting of a dishonest mainstream media, which makes me a backward-looking intransigent.
  • I am proud of my heritage, love my country, and honor its flag, which makes me a jingoistic xenophobe.
  • I value my safety and that of my family, and I respect our nation’s police and legal system, which makes me a right-wing extremist.
  • I believe in rewarding hard work with compensation based on merit as well as an individual’s valuable contributions, which makes me an evil and greedy capitalist.
  • I served proudly in the U. S. Military, and I believe fervently in the defense and protection of our homeland and its legal citizens, which makes me a bellicose traditionalist.

Because of those convictions and values I, and other like-minded Americans, are what a dishonest, twisted, and ruthlessly ambitious woman recently called a basket of deplorables.

Please help me come to terms with the new me, because I’m just not sure who I am anymore.


It’s hard to understand what’s happened to me—and so quickly! It is, in fact, strange