From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search For other uses, see Republic (disambiguation). A republic is a form of government in which the head of state is not a monarch and the people (or at least a part of its people) have an impact on its government. The word 'republic' is derived from the Latin phrase res publica which can be translated as "a public affair". In theory, one of justifications for the American Revolution was "taxation without representation." Why, then, are most of the complaints in this sub-list and most of the complaints in my local papers about taxation with representation? If both situations are intolerable then the solution is???? I suggest that the names and addresses of all qualified voters be posted on the web. Then any voter could propose a new law. If 20% of the voters sign on to his initiative then a special court puts it into legal language. The voters then have 3 months to sign on to the proposed law. If 60% sign on it becomes law. All voters names will be posted on the web. This would be a great cost saving measure. The House of Representatives could be scrapped. The Senate would mostly discuss foreign and domestic policy.