For every guitarist plugging his Korean Stratocaster knockoff into a brittle-sounding transistorized amp in a Guitar Center store, there's probably two dozen more who would love to play, but have no idea of where to start. These books can help.
Indiana police are skirting the U.S. Constitution, yet if I hit one to knock some respect for it into them, I'd be the bad guy. Go figure.
Here's a particularly groovy site for musicians: bunches of Elvis Costello songs with chord changes.
If'n I was asking for a sign, and then got struck with lightning, I'd figure God was unhappy with me.
I advocate a little quality time on the 4th of July for a more intellectual meditation. After the partying and fireworks are done, perhaps you might wish to spend a half hour or an hour actually reading one of our founding documents.