Book worm as Right Wing News has an interesting article about why his liberal friends denounce him as a Fascist:
Given that the Tea Party is about lessening, rather than increasing, government’s power over its citizens, calling me a fascist or a Nazi seems like a misnomer of almost heroic prop0rtions. Yet my liberal friend is well-educated, as are most of the other so-called liberals tossing those insults around with such abandon.
One is tempted to dismiss the repeated use of these insults with the classic Princess Bride put-down: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” To do so is a mistake. Just because the Progressives and so-called liberals keep misusing the word does not mean that they don’t ascribe meaning to the word. I think I’ve finally figured out what that meaning is.
Tea Partiers advocate lower taxes and less government spending. As to the latter, because they aren’t anarchists, they recognize that the federal government needs to engage in certain types of expenditures in order to have a functional nation.
Once you remove from the equation the essentials of governing, you’re left with only one thing: entitlements. Tea Partiers are attacking entitlements. That is what makes us fascists or Nazis. It’s not that we want to exert more control over citizens in the traditional tyrannical socialist (fascist/Nazi) sense, it’s that we want to limit entitlements.
In short, the left denounces the right as fascists because they see it as “oppressive” to not depend upon the government, or something like that.