So as to get some serious attention I made this into it's own thread. Yet again just another stupid American trying to broaden his horizons and learn something (Imagine that). I'm curious as to a couple things, in reading through some of the Peter Dow postings (Dodges thrown boots and undergarments) there was still an element I learned that is a bit of a truth, at least how I understand it. That British Parliment and Scottish parliment are similar but different, and one key difference I've read is the inclusion/exclusion of the queen as a member of parliment. While many posts I've read refer to the queen as "Merely a figurehead" that in reading learned of "Crown in parliment" and that created laws are then passed to the queen for approval or in today's case, delegated to elected officials by the queen and approved on her behalf. In my two tone only mind that means that the queen/king could, in theory, then revoke that delegation and veto or put the kybosh on any new bills or create a state of war without need of parliment approval. In theory of course, I doubt the likelihood of this is low but is it possible? The reason I went in this direction was thinking about what I see a lot on these boards. In contrast to the oaths US servicemen and women take is sworn to the state as an entity, in the UK it's sworn to the crown. What if the crown and local government are at odds? What then? With the example of Scotland, which is probably not the best example of what I'm trying to say but they are a bit at odds these days, would British troops conceivably be used to squash any kind of insurrection? The US has some safeguards built in to avoid this sort of thing, like the Posse Commutatis act which makes it expressly illegal to use the military as civil law enforcement. So then the president couldn't order a general or soldier to fire on a US citizen or location. (Hence why gitmo and all that good stuff is located outside of the US). Any order to retake a town by military force would then be an unlawful order. And of course peaceful transition of power every 4 or 8 years, hopefully 4 in this case. Are there any like safeguards or measures to ensure that there can be no abuse of power? Forgive me if I'm way off base here, It's only my perception.