Despite the separate evolutions of the language there can be said to be very few major differences between American English and British English. Due to its historical status as a member of the British Empire, and its modern status as a worldwide center of trade, media focus and political influence, America remains a majorly influential part of world commerce, and as such it would be detrimental to stray from a version of English that is similar to what is known as Standard English. The minor differences between British and American English are mainly due to America's multicultural influences throughout the course of its colonization, and its physical distance from settlers' homelands. These differences do not make the language unintelligible to other dialects, but can lead to miscommunication.
"To Secure the Blessings of Liberty":
Liberty and American Federal Democracy Daniel J. Elazar
The Preamble of the Constitution of the United States lists six ends to which the Constitution is addressed: union, justice, domestic tranquility, defense, general welfare, and liberty. The last is presented most fully, to whit, "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." Taken together, those six define the ends of republican government. To best achieve those ends the American founders recognized that simple republicanism was not enough, that what was required was a compound republic, what we today call a federal system. The history of the founding generation of the United States of America is in no small measure a history of finding the way to such a compound republic, what the preamble refers to as a "more perfect union," the first item on the list.
In his latest book, The Death of the West, Pat Buchanan argues that opposing immigration will be a winning formula for conservative Republicans. His own political decline and fall undermine his claim. Like former liberal Republican Gov. Pete Wilson in California, Buchanan has tried to win votes by blaming immigration for America’s problems. But voters wisely rejected Buchanan’s thesis. Despite $12 million in taxpayer campaign funds, and an assist from the Florida butterfly ballot, Buchanan won less than percent of the presidential vote in 2000. In contrast Bush, by affirming immigration, raised the GOP’s share of the Hispanic vote to 35 percent from the 21 percent carried by Bob Dole in 1996. If conservatives adopt the anti-immigrant message, they risk following Buchanan and Wilson into political irrelevancy.