Many of us Americans believe that freedom is necessary for us to live happy, fulfilled lives, and we think that our individual freedom and a giant central government are mutually exclusive. So we advocate for smaller government, but the government gets increasingly bigger and more intrusive while Americans' standard of living declines.
It is probably impossible to shrink the Federal government through the legal means available. Given the size that the Federal bureaucracy has attained, it has probably achieved a critical mass where it will only grow larger. Crises will give it the excuse to grab more power that will never be surrendered. We can't even trim one insignificant program.
If our freedom is necessary for our happiness and well-being and if there is no realistic hope of ever recovering our freedom within a monstrous Federal system that controls everything in our lives, then we have to choose between secession and revolution.