“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country...”
Well, a third way is, if the country in question will allow it, infiltrate the country with your citizens, and assuming it be a democracy, you can then take over the country at the ballot box.
Then, either the 31 Mexican states can become the 51st through 82nd states, or the 50 U.S. states could become the 32nd through 79th mexican states (a few states rejected by Mexico). Take your choice.
By this part of the section, therefore, the government has power to lay what duties they please on goods imported; to lay what duties they please, afterwards, on whatever we use or consume; to impose stamp duties to what amount they please, and in whatever case they please; afterwards to impose on the people direct taxes, by capitation tax, or by assessment, to what amount they choose ; and thus to sluice them at every vein, as long as they have a drop of blood, without any control, limitation, or restraint ; while all the officers for collecting these taxes, stamp duties, imposts, and excises, are to be appointed by the general government, under its directions, not accountable to the States ; nor is there even a security, that they shall be citizens of the respective States in which they are to exercise their offices. At the same time, the construction of every law imposing any and all these taxes and duties, and directing the collection of them, and every question arising thereon, and on the conduct of the officers appointed to execute these laws and to collect these taxes and duties, so various in their kinds, is taken away from the courts of justice 5* of the different States, and confined to the courts of the general government, there to be heard and determined by judges holding their offices under the appointment not of the States, but of the general government.
(Comments of Luther Martin on the pending Constituion)United States. Constitutional Convention (1787); Yates, Robert, 1738-1801; Lansing, John, 1754-1829; Martin, Luther, 1748-1826. Genuine information, delivered to the Legislature of the State of Maryland. Secret proceedings and debates of the Convention assembled at Philadelphia, in the year 1787 : for the purpose of forming the Constitution of the United States of America (Kindle Locations 792-802). Richmond, Va. : W. Curtiss.