I just learned that the subject line of this post is incorrect. The actual quote reads: "It is a mistake that the constitution was not designed to operate upon states, in their corporate capacities."
> It is a mistake that The Constitution Was Not Designed To
> Operate Upon States, In Their Corporate Capacities. It is
> crowded with provisions which restrain or annul the
> sovereignty of the states in some of the highest branches of
> their prerogatives. Martin v. Hunter's Lessee
> ylo=1776&as_yhi=1850> , 14 US 304, 343 - Supreme Court 1816.