My process for drafting this week’s writing prompt is simple and straightforward, yet not so easy to do, as it’s been time-consuming and has required a lot of attention to detail. And, if I’m really being honest, it’s forced me to check a lot of my own biases and beliefs and things I thought I knew, which was uncomfortable at first but ultimately necessary and liberating.
Here’s the process I carried out, and what I did, as I completed my draft of an unbiased essay on Trump’s second impeachment trial this week.
First, I read the articles of impeachment the House of Representatives passed, thoroughly.
Second, I looked at current sources on the impeachment process and Congressional powers, as well as sources outlining established precedents for impeachment trials. I also considered multiple sources regarding the inherently political nature of Congressional impeachment powers and proceedings, alongside coverage of the goings-on of this particular presidential impeachment trial from different sides of the political aisle. And I considered all other previous impeachment trials, taking a much closer look at those that ended with convictions. To see some of the many sources I looked at, see Tuesday’s post: Is an Impeachment Trial Inherently Biased and Political?
Third, I looked at documents written by the Founding Fathers and waded through their considerations surrounding presidential impeachments. I also waded through different sources and long-standing debates surrounding Congressional impeachment powers and processes. For more details, see yesterday’s post: Alexander Hamilton on Impeachment.
Next, I took four of the partisan articles I came across earlier in the week that covered Trump’s second impeachment trial (two from each side of the political aisle) and copy-pasted their text in a document for my eyes only. And then I deleted the words “Republican” and “Democrat” from the text, as well as other partisan terms and phrases. I also removed a lot of unnecessary adjectives and descriptive language from the copy-pasted text, to remove all emotive language that held unnecessary embellishments.
Finally, I began drafting my essay.
As I drafted this short essay, I continually referred to the sources I encountered earlier in the week, and I wrote about the goings-on of the trial while attempting to refrain from using partisan and unnecessarily descriptive and emotive language. I also started thinking about what average Americans thought of the impeachment proceedings since Congress is elected to represent their interests. Although it’s difficult to tell what it all means when everything is political and seems to fall along party lines, here are some new sources I considered: Forbes: More Americans Want Trump Convicted At Second Impeachment Trial Than First, Poll Finds ; Gallup: Americans’ Views of Impeachment, Trump’s Record on Issues.
I’m still working on the draft for this week’s essay writing prompt. And whether or not the final draft will end up being completely unbiased is still uncertain at this point. It’s proving difficult, if not impossible, to write about this impeachment trial without using, referring to, or incorporating political terms or concerns in some capacity. Especially when at the crux of it all, the evidence discussed and called into question during the impeachment trial was politicized, as were all Congressional powers, precedent, and proceedings.
Stay tuned for the draft of my essay on Trump’s second impeachment trial. It’ll be posted on the blog tomorrow.
How’s your own draft for this week’s writing prompt coming along? Share a link to it in the comments below. Or tag me @kecreighton on social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Medium with a link to it, or to share more about your experience completing this prompt.
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