Could a government dare to set out with happiness as its goal? Now that there are accepted scientific proofs it would be easy to audit the progress of national happiness annually just as we monitor money and GDP.
I travel the world and I'm happy to say that America is still the great melting pot - maybe a chunky stew rather than a melting pot at this point but you know what I mean.
There's no need to travel further. The Los Angeles area is big enough for us.