Last night marked the beginning of a new era in Republican politics. Just 44 years old, Governor Sarah Palin took to the stage at the Xcel Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota to accept the nomination of the Republican Party. She is not your grandfather’s Republican. Heck, she’s not even your father’s Republican. She represents the Republican party that I know.

Until last night, the Generation X Republicans were mostly invisible to the American people. Our image – as created by the Main Stream Media – was one of almost elderly, and smarmy guys that sneak off with the people’s money. With Governor Sarah palin’s speech, that image has been shattered.

She is the face of the party I know. Palin, along with folks like Eric Cantor, has a command presence and a command focus that instills confidence. She doesn’t need the favor of a guy inside the beltway. Or a reporter with just the right connections. Sarah Palin is a woman in full. She inspires the folks around her.

Americans, of every generation, want someone new – more authentic – in power. To challenge the “Permanent Political Establishment.” Women want someone who understands that the word ‘choice’ is about more than an after-the-fact convenience. Choice is also about having sex, unprotected or otherwise. As beings with free will, for many Republicans – including pro-choice ones – the choice is about the act itself. Being a good parent is about a lot more than the caricature painted by Kate Michelman and her puppet, Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Americans want an energy policy that makes sense. We know that American Energy means American Jobs. We are complex enough to understand that would improve the economy. We don’t need some Harvard professor’s condescending tone to explain how the economy works. We know that when President George W. Bush lifted the presidential moratorium on oil drilling that the price of gas dropped about 60 cents a gallon, and that the price of oil per barrel dropped $25, and continues to fall.

When Barack Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi tell us that the McCain-Palin & House GOP’s plans for Drill here, Drill Now, Pay Less will lead to only a 2 cent drop in 10 years — we know that is a LIE. Because we watched the prices drop. Even with Hurricanes. And the Russians threatening the pipeline in Georgia. And ongoing difficulties with Iran in the Straits of Hormuz.

Governor Sarah Palin is America’s Iron Lady. She is real. She knows where Americans live. She “gets it” in a way that average Americans have dreamed of for a long, long time. Here are a few of the best moments from last night:

“I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”

“Here’s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election. In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”

This is a time for hometown heroes. Not apologies to Europe for being ourselves. Americans are tired of the Washington elite feeling ashamed of the 300 million of us that aren’t impressed with their fancy homes, the trappings of power that we gave them, and their disrespect of those who actually provide freedom. The men and women in the uniform of the United States Armed Forces.

Sarah Palin proved, with that amazing speech last night, that America’s best days are before us.

—Media Lizzy