American is a just a set of ideas.
230 years ago a group of intelligent, white guys assembled in Philadelphia and debated the definition of “America”.
This led to our initial Constitution; Our core tenants.
But the U.S. Constitution was, and is only a piece of paper. A rectangle of parchment.
And the words written, while most certainly well thought-through are nothing but a jumble of letters and punctuation.
We sometimes act as if three equal branches of government, freedom of speech and freedom of the press are obvious. Truths so unalienable we might just take them for granted.
Throughout history there are very few examples of countries who’s “memes” would ever speak such things. Say nothing of actually protecting them.
Both prescient and malleable, the Constitution has no power of its own.
It is a contract we follow to be earn the title “American”.
If we allow that contract to be broken without paying a political penalty we now have a different meme.
We have a diminished “America”.