BP was shockingly unprepared and they're paying dearly for their abject stupidity.
I'm still not clear as to why Ironman thinks Ron Paul is not libertarian. Every network he's on describes him as libertarian, as well as every article I've ever seen on him. Goldwater is, as well, and I'm not aware of any libertarian issue they disagree on.
That's because he calls himself a libertarian. He could call himself a pink gorilla if he wanted, but it doesn't make it so.
I gave you the reasons why he is not a libertarian. You don't seem to understand why those reasons make him too authoritarian to be a libertarian. You also did not seem to understand the issues themselves.
If you don't know the difference between Ron Paul and Barry Goldwater, than you don't know crap about conservatism.
Maybe you have watched too much Fox propaganda. The semi-conservative authoritarians in the mainstream of the Republican party are more authoritarian than anything else.
Are you even aware of the old rift between Goldwater and the social conservatives that started back in the 1980's? He was against everything socially conservative until the day he died. Ron Paul is not.
Let me try to put this simply. There is a spectrum between total authoritarianism and a total anarchy. If you are in the middle, you are not a libertarian, because that's not what the fv(k1ng word means. This is reality, words mean what they mean. This isn't conservative fantasy land where words can mean anything you believe they mean.
I think the problem is you think libertarian is anything that is not leaning towards authoritarianism. However that is not the case. I think this lies with your difficulties understanding subtle differences.
All libertarians are non-authoritarians, not all non-authoritarians are libertarians. It's kind of like how an apple is a fruit, but not all fruit are apples.
I don't think it can be explained any better than that.
You can go on thinking Ron Paul is a libertarian all you want. You can think he's your fairy godmother for all I care. That's all I'm going to say about it. You believe lots of things that are demonstrably false, and there is nothing that anyone can say to convince you of that. The reasons Ron Paul is not a libertarian are among these things. So I am not going to repeat myself.