Quote Originally Posted by notquiteright View Post
I see a special relationship as a non binding proclamation, this one based on our majority settlers during our founding period. (lest we forget the Angloish folks here passed many laws and regulations to restrict 'other than Anglo' immigration.)
'British Americans', those of predominantly British ancestry, still form the largest ethnic group in the States. However, the influence of Britain on the U.S transcends mere genetics. I thought that was obvious. The influence is embedded in your political institutions and cultural fabric.

Quote Originally Posted by notquiteright View Post
For quite a long time after the closing of our Manifest Destiny our immigrant population was more Germanic than British, but the 'white guys' handle still fits.
The term 'Germanic' is a meta ethnicity that includes all those who descend from the Germanic tribes, not just Germans. The English are predominantly Germanic. Northern Scotland has a Germanic influence. Britain is a Celto-Germanic nation by all accounts. Your comment does not make much sense.

If you did mean German and not Germanic then your comment is, alas, false.

Between 1850 and 1930, about 5 million Germans migrated to the United States with a peak in the years between 1881 and 1885, when a million Germans left Germany and settled mostly in the Midwest. Between 1820 and 1930, 3.5 million British and 4.5 million Irish entered America. Before 1845 most Irish immigrants were Protestants. After 1845, Irish Catholics began arriving in large numbers, largely driven by the Great Famine. 1

1 Jay P. Dolan, The Irish Americans: A History (2010) pp 67-83