I suggest ignoring "the" when sorting the list.
I disagree with everyone who had voted so far (26 upvotes to 0 down). I think "The" stands as part of the title in most cases here (not elsewhere/everywhere in life).
The "the" in your examples is used correctly so one can find them logically.
I see your point and argument, but don't fully disagree.
The main key to success with any naming convention is very simply consistency.
Also, you really have to consider that if your proposal is implemented it would actually counter your exact intentions, as people are very much accustomed to the way it is now, so the entire list being moved around would cause great issues with finding things.