I simply can't be persuaded that they would one day abandon this bedrock principle of theirs and accept the Leviathan FedGov that we have today.
Well then what's the point int talking to you if you literally "can't be persuaded"? I'm not asking you to change your mind, but if you openly admit that you're unable to then there's really no purpose to our discussion.
FedGov is spending the USA into oblivion. This current philosophy of governance that allows FedGov to continue to do this is proving to be destructive.
Is it? I've yet to hear a convincing argument that supports this. I just don't think we're on the path towards financial ruin, nor do I think that such policies are destructive in the short run. But if there's something that I'm not seeing then please let me know.
but, things are not working very well.
Define "very well," because I think that all things considered the United States is doing quite well. We're economically prosperous, we don't have significant civil or social unrest, our government is relatively non-corrupt.
Of course things could be better, but I disagree that things "are not working very well."