You just said some very powerful words. "The dignity of man cannot be found in a man's possessions. It cannot be found in his power or in his position. It really rests on his right to be treated as a man equal in opportunity to all others."Aunt Bettie Lou, "Not all democrats were racists. Only the southern democrat bloc." 'There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.'...'The great phrases of that purpose still sound in every American heart, North and South: "All men are created equal." "Government by consent of the governed." "Give me liberty or give me death." And those are not just clever words, and those are not just empty theories. In their name Americans have fought and died for two centuries and tonight around the world they stand there as guardians of our liberty risking their lives. Those words are promised to every citizen that he shall share in the dignity of man. This dignity cannot be found in a man's possessions. It cannot be found in his power or in his position. It really rests on his right to be treated as a man equal in opportunity to all others. It says that he shall share in freedom. He shall choose his leaders, educate his children, provide for his family according to his ability and his merits as a human being.
To apply any other test, to deny a man his hopes because of his color or race or his religion or the place of his birth is not only to do injustice, it is to deny Americans and to dishonor the dead who gave their lives for American freedom. Our fathers believed that if this noble view of the rights of man was to flourish it must be rooted in democracy. This most basic right of all was the right to choose your own leaders. The history of this country in large measure is the history of expansion of the right to all of our people.'President Lyndon B. Johnson (southern democrat) Check this out: http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/johnson....
That is exactly what conservatives stand for - preserving the dignity of all people.
Is dependency on others preserving dignity? Is envy and coveting what others have and not being content with what you have earned yourself preserving dignity?
Dignity is not defined by possessions or wealth or power. It's defined by being treated equally with equal opportunities. You just said so yourself.