This week’s writing prompt, Write an Unbiased Essay on Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial, was extremely challenging. Why? Because our deeply partisan situation in the United States, further propagated by a deeply partisan Congress and other deeply partisan public and civic leaders, makes an inherently political impeachment trial, well… deeply political. Not necessarily fair or just. And a deeply political trial is challenging to write about without referring to or alluding to biased, deeply partisan party politics or rhetoric because partisan politics and rhetoric is its lifeblood.
Below is the draft of my unbiased essay on Trump’s second impeachment trial. It’s unbiased because it doesn’t include references to political parties, or include overtly political or rhetorical terms or phrases—which also ended up making this essay short and difficult to write. Because without such political references and rhetorical language, there ultimately isn’t too much to say about an inherently political trial. Or is there?
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.
Today I’m considering two passages from one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S. Constitution, Alexander Hamilton, as I draft this week’s writing prompt: Write an Unbiased Essay on Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial.
I’m still mulling over this week’s writing prompt: Write an Unbiased Essay on Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial. And, honestly, I’m wondering if it’s possible. Why? Because I’m also asking myself: is an impeachment trial inherently biased and political? Is there a way to have an impeachment trial without party politics swaying its proceedings and verdict?