And I like thinking of the United States as cheese - as it requires disparate ingredients, some messy decay to be worthwhile, and becomes more interesting with age.
Until it becomes covered with mold and is inedible --- as is now the case.
I take you've never enjoyed a fine Stilton or Roquefort?
"The white men were as thick and numerous and aimless as grasshoppers, moving always in a hurry but never seeming to get to whatever place it was they were going to." Dee Brown