The fundamental basis of the tea party and the nazi party isn't that dissimilar.
(plagiarized from Similarities/Differences in Tea Party and Nazi Ideology - Total War Center Forums
There are some differences:
- TPers run on a platform of small government while Nazis centralized the German government
- Unlike some fringe (keyword: FRINGE) TPers, Hitler demanded that he gain power through legal means and not through violent revolution
- Tea Party ideology is less based on race and much more on political affiliations and ideologies
- The Tea Party (with the exception of the hardcore fringe units) does not endorse the extermination of Jews and other minorites.
- Tea Partiers do not support euthanasia (at least as far as I know)
- Nazis were anti-capitalist while Tea Partiers are ardent supporters of capitalism
- The Nazis had mainstream acceptance in German society (mostly due to propaganda). The Tea Party has yet to attain full mainstream acceptance.
I think it is fair to say that no, the Tea Party is not the Nazi party. But, it is also fair to say that there are a number of disturbing parallels:
- Blaming the nation's suffering on primarily left-wing groups and minorities (Liberals, Democrats, illegal immigrants, and Obama for TP, Liberals, Jews, Communists, and other minorities like the Roma for Nazis)
- Promoting national exceptionalism (meaning their country is far better than all other nations in the world)
- Regards academia as being controlled by "the enemy" (Liberals ("Liberal Ivy League")/Jews)
- Promoting a strong military (Militarism)
- Strong disdain for communism or any Marx-like philosophy
- Promoting themselves as a party for the common people
- Emphasis on national pride (which is not necessarily a bad thing. Only in massive doses is it a poison.)
- Opposes "mixing" (TP: Internationalism and Multiculturalism vs. Nazi: Mixing of "pure" and "dirty" blood
- alleges that "the enemy" is conspiring to ruin the nation (TP: Liberals, Obama, Democrats, and the like. Nazis: Jews, Communists, and various minorities)
- both fall into the "far right" category on the political compass
- bending religion to suit their respective ideological agendas ("Priests will be paid by us and, as a result, they will preach what we want." - Martin Bormann)
- both promote the deportation of certain peoples from a nation (TP: Illegal immigrants. Nazis: Jews and various minorities)