We can and do build tools that make simple tasks simple for more people, but let's not let most people loose on the infrastructure of our technical civilization or force the professionals to use only tools designed for amateurs.
We should try to make complex things easy with better tools. We should not discourage people from attempting to program by making it more complex than it needs to be. The part about "forcing professionals to use only tools designed for amateurs" is a non sequitur. Nobody is "forcing" professionals to use amateur tools.
I think Stroustrup's main problem is he doesn't know how to make the complex simple but rather than simply admit this he lashes out at the entire concept.
"Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains." -Steve Jobs