Earther bias sucks.
As you know, the answer is overwhelmingly -- no, they have no choice.
I am utterly flabbergasted by your refusal to admit that places like Guam, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Hawaii are not American colonies part of an American empire, because literally every American source both contemporary and modern regards them as such.
Why are you trying to say they're not?
At what point did history become ethics? Why should we subvert the elusive search for facts to moralist concerns? If you want to be a preacher, go preach. If you want to save the world, go into politics. If you want to invent a world free of evil, take Prozac. -Dave Williams, George Mason Univ.
Yes and no.
Obviously we partake of English history, law and culture to a substantial degree.... we began as English colonies after all. Nor do I dispute that America has "most in common" with Britain and the other former Brit colonies like Canada and Australia... we share a language (more or less) and a substantial amount of cultural and legal underpinnings.
However, the US has diverged greatly since colonial days. Hacking territories out of the wilderness, warring with the native tribes ( and anyone else in the way) in vicious combats where women and children on both sides were massacred, ambitiously pushing until our borders were "sea to shining sea", and the nature of our break with Britain, have made us a people who are far more individualistic; far less group-oriented; far more distrustful of authority; considerably more violent and warlike (at least compared to modern Britain); and generally more stubborn and nonconformist.
The bit about our government being parliamentary is all wrong. Just because we have two Houses doesn't make it at all Parlimentary; one party can control the Senate while the other holds the House and Presidency, for instance, something that would not happen in UK, and the "loyal opposition" actually has the power in many cases to prevent much bills from passing. Also the Presidency has grown vastly more powerful than originally conceived, with vastly more power concentrated in one man than is the case with the PM... and again, the President can be of one party while the House AND Senate are dominated by the other party; this happens often here, but not in the UK.
I will grant you there are many similarities; as I said, the US and UK and former Brit colonies have more in common with each other than with any other nation on Earth. However there are fundamental differences as well that cannot be ignored, which make the American people a culture in their own right, and not only a subculture of Britain.
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